Video: Bill to be submitted to Parliament by VaC

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The group calling themselves ‘Voice against Corruption’ today said that it was going to submit a Bill in Parliament to ensure the peoples’ right to information and said that the legal draft of it was being formulated by its lawyers.

“People have no access to information that would highlight the corruption and frauds committed by our politicians. Three COPE reports have been issued from 2011 but no one knows what action has been taken against those who are responsible with regard to the corruption mentioned in the COPE report. Even Parliament is not aware of that. We are formulating a legal draft at the moment and we are going to submit a Bill in Parliament to ensure the peoples’ right to information. We refuse to let the 2014 COPE report to also be neglected just as the previous ones,” Convener of the 'Voice against Corruption' Wasantha Samarasinghe told a news conference.

Mr. Samarasinghe said the legal draft of the Bill would be subjected to discussion in public forums and amongst intellectuals such as religious leaders, artistes and government servants before submitting it to Parliament. “We will invite members of COPE to participate in these forums so that they too can also share their thoughts on the Bill. We invite people who are concerned about corruption to participate in these forums and to put forward their suggestions. If Parliament makes an attempt to defeat such a Bill in Parliament, we will launch a struggle against it with the participation of people in all sections of the society,” he said.

The convener of VaC said that they were going to request COPE in writing to enforce the letter of the law against the culprits who were responsible for the corruption contained in the COPE report.

JVP Western Provincial Councillor, Sunil Watagala, said that the investigations into the complaint made by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) against Bribery Commission Chief Jagath De Silva Balapatabendi had been closed following an ex-parte investigation. “This clearly indicates the situation of the Bribery Commission. It has not even considered the existence of natural justice when investigating the complaint,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Sanath Desmond)

Video by Sanath Desmond

  Comments - 7

  • Mason Thursday, 07 August 2014 05:28 AM

    A very good move that deserves the support of all common people towards it's successful passage in Parliament.

    Azee Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:48 PM

    The 20 million population in Sri Lanka will support the Bill whole-heartedly- but the 2/3 majority in Parliament who are the plunderers will defeat it. via DM Android App

    cha Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:17 PM

    at least someone is taking it up majority will support you all via DM Android App

    Ammaa Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:40 AM

    Good move Send corrupted persons to hell.

    ibadun Thursday, 07 August 2014 04:09 AM

    good move, well done and goahead, be careful that we dont want to here news about your abduction or killing

    Lima Thursday, 07 August 2014 04:37 AM

    RIGHTLY SAID TO CHALLANGE THE CORRUPTION OF THE PRESENT REGIME SINCE 2005 , AS PER HARSHA OF UNP ECONOMIST , ALL OUR HARD MONIES ARE NOW SENT TO SWISS BANK THRU SEYSHELLS , WHY , WHY BOC THERE , WHO IS DOING BUSINESS THERE , THAT COUNTRY ONLY FOR TOURIST , SO HARSHA EXPOSED AND STOP SHORT OF NAMING THEM , HARSHA AN DTHE WORLD KNOWS WHO ARE THE ROGUES AFTER 2005 ROBBING OUR HARD EARNED MONEY , WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO PUNISH THEM , WHERE THESE MONIES NOW IN TRILLIONS OF USD TURNED OR SWISS FRANCS OR IN GBP OR IN EURO

    NamalAiyya Friday, 08 August 2014 03:12 PM

    thank you son!! The country needs more people like you!


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